Helicopter winching incident involving Eurocopter AS365, VH-WPX, near Swanbourne, Western Australia, 29 September 2020 - final report
A police air wing operator has taken a range of safety actions in response to a helicopter winch training incident where a crewman was dragged overboard and briefly pulled through the water, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation notes.
Engine failure and collision with water involving Garlick Helicopters UH-1H, VH-ONZ Ben Boyd Reservoir, New South Wales, on 9 January 2020 - final report
A pilot’s difficulty experienced while escaping an aerial firebombing helicopter after it had impacted and sank in a reservoir following an engine failure highlights the potential value of emergency breathing systems, an ATSB investigation highlights.
Collision between a light engine and a coal train at Westwood, Queensland, on 18 June 2021 - Preliminary report
Long end leading operations is an area of focus of the ATSB's on-going investigation into the fatal collision of a locomotive with the rear of a stationary coal train at Westwood, Queensland, on 18 June 2021.
Rotor malfunction involving Eurocopter Deutschland BO105 CBS-5, registration VH-NVH, at Archerfield Aerodrome, QLD on 19 August 2021 - new investigation
After take-off, the crew detected abnormal airframe vibration and returned the aircraft to Archerfield. The post-flight inspection revealed a crack in one of the main rotor blades.
Collision with terrain involving Cessna A150M, VH-CYO 5 km west-south-west of Peachester, Queensland, on 23 June 2021 - preliminary report
The ATSB has released a preliminary report from its on-going investigation into a fatal accident involving a Cessna 150 light aircraft during aerobatic flight training near Peachester, South East Queensland, on 23 June 2021.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.